A System of Multimodal Areas in the Primate Brain

Michael S.A. Graziano, Charles G. Gross, Charlotte S.R. Taylor, Tirin Moore

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This chapter suggests that a set of interconnected areas in the primate brain monitors the location and movement of objects near the body, and control flinch and other defensive responses. This hypothesized 'defensive' system includes the ventral intraparietal area (VIP), parietal area 7b, the polysensory zone (PZ) in the precentral gyrus, and the putamen. The chapter reviews experimental results on this system of areas and discusses evidence that they are involved in representing visual, tactile, and auditory space near the body and in controlling defensive movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCrossmodal Space and Crossmodal Attention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689260
ISBN (Print)9780198524861
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Defensive response
  • Intraparietal area
  • Polysensory zone
  • Precentral gyrus
  • Putamen


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